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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Mr Eric Rown <"imagine-so4.">
Reply-To: Mr Eric Rown <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:19:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: FBI Director concerning debt reconciliation


In a recent meeting held with the new FBI Director concerning debt
reconciliation, this is to inform you that we have agreed to release
your fund worth ($2.8Million) which will come via Global Automatic
Teller Machine debit master Card as instructed from our headquarter by
JAMES B. COMEY, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
However, the below information is needed as to enable the profiling of
your ATM card and its delivery to you:

Full Name:




Phone Number:


Underneath is the contact information of appointed dispatch person whom
you are to forward the above requested details:

Contact Person: Mr.berry don

Once we receive this information, we will proceed without delay.

Thank you.
FBI Representative

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